Tim Fitzgerald

Partner Auckland

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Tim is ranked as a leading lawyer in global directories. The IFLR1000 2023 recognises Tim as a 'Notable practitioner' for his restructuring and insolvency work. Tim is ranked as a leading individual for litigation and dispute resolution by both Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024 and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2024.

Directories describe Tim as “a key port of call for retail banks, listed entities, and other corporate and insolvency practitioners on some of their most complex disputes”, with clients describing him as “hard working, calm, and approachable”. In previous editions, clients describe him as having provided “excellent advice regarding merits of disputes and strong tactical advice how to navigate disputes.”

Tim is a Crown Property Accredited lawyer, with accreditation under the “Public Works Act - Acquisition and Compensation” category.

Tim is known for accessible, timely, and pragmatic advice focussed on achieving tangible outcomes.

Work Highlights

Shareholder disputes 
Acting for shareholders in complex disputes arising from shareholders’ agreements, including in several High Court proceedings.

Insolvency disputes 
Advising insolvency practitioners and debtors in a broad range of contexts, including in respect of the rights and obligations of liquidators, receivers, and voluntary administrators. 

Directors' duties claims (High Court)
Acting for insolvency practitioners and directors in relation to directors’ duties issues, including in High Court proceedings. 

Financial regulatory investigations 
Acting for a retail bank, non-bank lenders, and other businesses and individuals in several investigations by the Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission, and NZX, including in response to statutory information requests and in High Court proceedings.

Judicial review in the Supreme Court (rating decisions) 
Acting for hotel owners in application for judicial review challenging the legality and reasonableness of rating decisions.